LIMA — The institution known now as the University of Northwestern Ohio is marking 100 years in 2020. Wednesday night, the university kicked off a year-long celebration of its centennial with an event at the UNOH Event Center.
The toast to 100 years was conducted by president Jeffrey Jarvis.
“Today as we enter into our second century, we are thankful for our former, current and future students, faculty and staff who have made this university what it is today,” said Jarvis. “So please raise your glasses, it’s been a great 100 years, but it is a foundation, today’s celebration honors the accomplishments of the last 100 years, but it is focused on moving UNOH forward and upward in the next 100 years.”
Lima Mayor David Berger presented a proclamation recognizing UNOH on hitting the century mark.
“I’m certainly appreciative of the role the University of Northwestern Ohio has played in our community and will play because as we all know, our economy, community, our region, our nation are going through a variety of transitions. One of those that I believe represents a really meaningful transition that we haven’t yet figured out how we’re going to meet it will be the transition from the internal combustion engine to electric vehicles and this institution, I believe, will play a vital role as we go forward,” said Berger.
State Rep. Bob Cupp presented a proclamation on behalf of the Ohio House and Senate
“There are very few things when they start out that they last for 100 years and then beyond that. So this is really a wonderful tribute. … I don’t think the community really appreciates what we have here. What a benefit it is to the community. And I think that was probably true. It was a fairly quiet institution for a long time, but it certainly isn’t anymore. And the evidence is everywhere around this,” said Cupp.
Randy Gardner, chancellor of the Ohio Department of Higher Education, represented Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine and also read a proclamation.
“Ohio has a diversity of opportunity in higher education, probably like no other state in the country, truly. In terms of our community colleges, or four-year public institutions our independent institutions and here at the University of Northwestern Ohio, you blend some of the best of all of that right here and provide so many different options to serve students,” said Gardner.
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